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Multifunctional Furniture

08.23.2012

Living space is always at a premium. To get the most out of your square footage, incorporate multifunctional furniture pieces in your design. Two certified interior designers share with AVE products that give new meaning to fashion meeting function.

Expert: Beth Insbella Walsh, IIDA, ASID, Certified Interior Designer, Principal, Insabella Design

Pick: A framed side table like this one from West Elm- Standing 24 inches high, this sleek piece can tuck up close to a sofa, chair or bed and doubles as a coffee table or laptop stand. “Many people work from their laptops in apartments – standing at their kitchen counters, sitting at a dining table or at a small desk in their bedrooms,” Walsh says. “This is a nice option, especially since it can be in the company of others or just surfing the web during their favorite television show at night.”

West Elm’s framed side table is perfect for the multitasker. Surf the web or snack while watching TV.

 

Pick: A pull-down desk bed like this one from Bonbon Compact Living Solutions- This horizontal unit, which comes in a variety of finishes and fabrics, converts from a desk to an everyday bed with a wooden-slatted base in one simple movement. “The best thing about this product is that it’s hassle-free,” Walsh says. “With its lift-up desk unit, there is no need to remove any objects from the desk.”

The Cabrio In Pull-Down Desk Bed by Bonbon Compact Living Solutions converts into an everyday bed in one simple movement.

Its desk unit lifts up. There is no need to remove any objects from the desk to convert.

Expert: Kingsley B. Knauss, ASID, Certified Interior Designer, Principal, KBK Interior Design

Pick: A table that stores ottomans like this one from Henredon- This solid maple cocktail table with an ebony veneer conceals four upholstered ottomans. “Its transitional styling allows for many settings from family room to casual living room,” Knauss says. “These additional stools provide that overflow seating from parties to group meetings and make an invaluable contribution to tight spaces that cannot accommodate four additional chairs.

Henredon’s Cocktail Table with Upholstered Ottomans provides additional seating when space is limited.

 
 

Pick: Choose a console that can also function as a dresser or side table like this beautiful piece by Alexa Hampton. “Its transitional styling works well in both traditional and more tailored settings and provides three types of storage,” Knauss says. “Placed behind a sofa, one can display table lamps on the top, magazines and books on the center shelf and store linens and clothing in the four spacious drawers below.”

The Renata Console by Alexa Hampton is designed for a multitude of uses including a media stand, console or sideboard.

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